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 |  Oct 27 2010, 8:00 AM

First there were rumors that Honda would axe the Acura RL, and then came the official word that it wouldn’t, but here is the first sign that the RL continues to carry on – even if the car has become irrelevant.

While it’s not official for North America, Honda in Japan has announced that the Acura RL (still sold as the Legend there) will get a refresh for the 2012 model year that includes a new 6-speed automatic transmission. This may help the RL pick up a few extra buyers as the added gear should help improve both fuel economy and acceleration. Then again, perhaps its just a bigger sign of how irrelevant the RL is when the supposed luxury car is only now getting a 6-speed transmission – something Ford offers on the $13,000 Fiesta.

A selection of other upgrades and trim changes for the RL are made for 2012, plus it gets a unique new invention: an in-wheel silencer that is designed to absorb road imperfections.

No changes are slated for the 300-hp 3.7-liter V6 engine.

If anyone at Honda is listening, we’re certain the addition of a more Honda-like grille (rather than the Acura beak) would help sell a few extra cars here as well.

[Source: TOV]

  • Michael Collins

    I would have bought this car had it not been for that ridiculous beak like front end. It looks horrible, so I bought a Mercedes instead. If you want to sell more of these cars…..get rid of that front end grill….the reat of the car is terrific. I was just not going to have that front end, but the interior is wonderful and comfortable….way more comfortable than my Mercedes. Beautiful car, without the beak….

  • Michael Collins

    Oh by the way I do like this grill on the Legend. That looks good….no H please….

  • RB WALTON

    A FEW YEARS MY DTR AND I BOTH BOUGHT RL’S SHE WAITED FOR THE 2009 TO COME OUT BUT THE FRONT GRILL WAS WAY TO UGLYYYYYYYY SO SHE BOUGHT A NEW 2008. THAT GRILL NEEDS TO GO.

  • The Gerr

    When will Acura/Honda hire some new (better) designers? That ugly beak theme on all of Acura’s cars has got to go. Also, they’re just installing a 6 speed automatic NOW? The 6 speed should have gone to Honda cars. A 7 or 8 speed automatic should be used in their flagship cars. Could I ask for a V-8, at least as an option? If you want me to pay close to 60 large, I want something with more poop than a 6 cylinder, which by the way, is 5 horsepower less than the less expensive TL. Oh, maybe a larger car too.

  • P Lar

    My 2006 RL is my 4th Acura. Need a new car but am holding out to see if they change that ridiculous looking beak in 2012. If not, I will probably go with the Audi A6. Much as I like my Acura (mine is pre-beak), I will not drive a car with that grille. Listen up Acura.

  • Thomas

    The robotic chicken beak was a result of Acura moving design studio to So Cal. Acura is behind the times.

  • D.R.

    i currently am driving my 7th acura RL (2004 last of the big ones)and 10th honda product and have to say i love the cars, BUT…the current RL has NO flavor! it looks just like the rest. the front end is horrible. the size is a TL brother, horrible for a flagship!!
    I just bought my wife a 2012 BMW 550 and it rocks. great flare, great face, rockn V8, excellent technology!
    COME ON ACURA, PULL IT OUT AND MAKE A BIG ACURA THAT ROCKS.
    or…i guess i’ll have to switch to the bravarian guys.
    get it together or die in the luxury market~